For Larry and Suzanne Vanden Plas, investing for charitable giving is about the corporal works of mercy: They perform the works they can, and they support local organizations to do what they can’t with gifts from their donor-advised fund managed by Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota.
“When you look at the corporal works of mercy, how would you do that?” asked Larry, who along with Suzanne belongs to St. John the Baptist in New Brighton. “If you limit yourself to only those situations that you personally could do, one to one, you’re going to miss out on most of it … What we can do is support these different activities and actually be personally involved in some of them.”
To receive insights and updates to help them in what is often more long-term stewardship, the Vanden Plases and more than 200 other individual donors, financial advisors, and representatives of parishes and other Catholic organizations attended the St. Paul-based foundation’s 22nd annual investment conference Feb. 8 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.
One of our Investment Conference speakers, a global expert in faith-consistent investing, Rev. Séamus Finn, OMI was interviewed along with CCF President Anne Cullen Miller on February 2, 2017 on Relevant Radio®. The radio program A Closer Look™ is hosted by Emmy award-winning journalist Sheila Liaugminas.
Bringing together donors and investors interested in giving and investing with a Catholic heart. Please save the date! Registration opens after Christmas, and a link will be made available on this page. You’ll gain clarity around what 2017 has in store for the economy. You’ll learn how Catholic investing continues to evolve. And, you’ll better understand how CCF navigates the marketplace to consistently steward more than 273 million charitable dollars to meet the needs of our local community.
Peace…this is our prayer This year has been filled to the brim with blessings of all kinds: old and new friendships, generosity beyond imagination, and incredible community impact that answered persistent prayers. The selflessness and commitment of this Catholic community never ceases to amaze us. And so, from our vantage point, we now say: it’s time for a little peace, it’s […]
From CCF President Anne Cullen Miller: At its best, philanthropy requires a faith so bold, it dares to spend sums today toward a distant goal, beautifully imagined but not yet seen. Everyday, I witness the unshakable and visionary belief of a community that has the power to shape a more loving and compassionate world.
Thanks to you, our donors, the Catholic Community Foundation was able to grant $9.9 million to our community in the 2016 fiscal year. These grants are not possible without your support, and we are grateful to you. As you consider your charitable gifts for the end of this taxable year, please keep in mind the following dates.
We are happy to introduce Michael A. Ricci, Jr., CFP, CAP as our new Director of Professional Outreach and Investments. Mike joins CCF after more than 20 years of experience as a partner and principal of a half billion dollar wealth management firm in Minneapolis. In his years serving over 180 clients, Mike has come to appreciate the intersection of […]
Published by the Catholic Spirit on August 2, 2016: A bigger challenge than distance awaited Evon and Charles Wells-Ellis in their decision to have Evon’s mother, Grace Wells, move into their St. Paul home. Wells, 83, from Omaha, Nebraska, needed wheelchair access and other physical adaptations to live at Wells-Ellis’ Aurora-St. Anthony neighborhood home near St. Peter Claver. The cost of the changes looked daunting at $40,000-$50,000. “Anyone who is past the age of 70, is no longer working, and is maybe existing either on their retirement, from their benefits, or their Social Security as a whole…it’s virtually impossible,” Evon said about affording such changes.
We are happy to announce that our Director of Partner Relations Bill Marsella has recently earned his Legacy Facilitator Certification through Rachael Freed’s Life Legacies. This certification enables Bill to lead interactive workshops that provide concrete tools to answer the question: “How exactly do I leave a legacy?”
On May 24th, the creditors’ committee in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis bankruptcy case filed a motion to involve a number of organizations, including the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota, in the litigation. The Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota is a legally, financially, and operationally separate and independent organization.